FALL CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Children at table doing a craft

FALL CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Fall crafts are a fun way to celebrate and learn about the shift in seasons with your kids. The changing leaves, crispness in the air, anticipation of Halloween, and the bounty of the fall harvest season all provide wonderful inspiration for clever things to make at home. But crafting with your kids does not need to be a stressful project. In fact, simple supplies and easy steps are all that’s needed to create some truly cool autumn crafts.

In fact, craft time is a great way for a Court Appointed Special Advocate, parent, family member, or foster family to connect with a child.

Below, there are 5 fun fall craft ideas you can choose from. I’m sure your child will find one or two they’d like to create. Have fun and make memories!

Feathered Pinecone Turkeys

These cute and personality-filled turkeys are a blast to make with your kids. Plus, it’ll give you and your kids a chance to take a walk outside and pick out the pinecones they’d like to use to create their turkeys. These are very fun to make, and the children will enjoy creating them.

Materials Needed

  • Colored construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun (use low temperature with younger children)
  • Pinecones
  • Pom-Poms (large ones)
  • 1 orange pipe cleaner

Instructions

In a few simple steps, you go from a plain pinecone to a turkey:

  1. Gather all your supplies.
  2. Grab your orange construction paper and have the kids cut out a mini triangle for the turkey nose. (If working with a young child, assist them with cutting the triangle). Also, remember this is going on the pom-pom, so make sure it is small enough.
  3. Have the kids pick out their colors from the construction paper for the feathers. Cut out 10 feather like design pieces for their tails. You can help them by drawing it for them and they can cut it out.  (The example picture actually uses hand outlines.)
  1. Once you have your feathers and your hot glue gun is ready to go, find a good position for your pinecone to lay on its side. This is how it will stand once it is complete. 
  2. Start to glue the feathers in between the last layers of scales at the back of the pinecone. This will be the widest part of the pinecone when it is laying on its side. Start with the tallest feathers in the center and the shorter ones to the sides.
  3. Next up, the turkey head! Glue the two eyes and orange triangle (beak) onto your larger pom-pom. 
  4. Make little legs with your orange pipe cleaner and attach to the bottom of your pinecone with hot glue.
  5. Glue the head on just above where the pinecone comes to a point when it is on its side. 

3D Paper Pumpkin Craft

These 3D pumpkins can be a great decoration for your home and a display that was created by your children all at once for fall décor. You’ll want to assist your children with cutting out the pieces and they can assist you with putting them together. You can get really creative with these pumpkins like, choosing the construction paper colors and textures, you can add leaves and draw on the pumpkins. You choose. Let your children make them a piece of art.

Materials Needed

  • 1 piece of green construction paper
  • 1 piece of orange construction paper
  • 1 green pipe cleaner
  • Clear tape
  • Green glitter glue (optional)
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Follow these steps to make your own 3D pumpkin:

  1. Holding the orange construction paper horizontally, cut the paper into roughly one-inch strips.
  2. Stack the orange paper strips into an even pile and punch a hole at each end of the pile.
  3. Insert the pipe cleaner into each end of the orange paper strips, creating a “C” shape with the pipe cleaner.
  4. Holding the craft upright, begin sliding down the paper strips on the pipe cleaner and fanning them out to create a round pumpkin shape.
  5. Twist the pipe cleaner at the bottom of the pumpkin so that the paper strips cannot fall off and secure it with clear tape.
  6. Cut two leaf shapes and two paper strips (for the vines) out of the green construction paper. Punch a hole at the end of each green cutout.
  7. Slide the two green leaves onto the top of the pipe cleaner, followed by the two green paper strips. During this step, you can also add lines to your leaves with the green glitter glue to add a little pop!
  8. Wrap the green paper strips one at a time around a pencil to curl them. Do the same with the top piece of the pipe cleaner to create a curly stem.

Autumn Leaf Rubbing Activity

This craft allows the kids to get their hands a little dirty. Whether that is by picking out their most favorite leaves on the ground outside or the different colors that they have left over on their little hands from the crayons, after rubbing the leaves on the piece of paper. What a fun project for the children. Let their creativity flow.

Materials Needed

  • Crayons in a variety of colors
  • Different sizes and shapes of tree leaves (such as maple, oak, ginkgo, etc.).
  • Paper

Instructions:

  1. Put a leaf upside down on the table.
  2. Place a piece of paper over the leaf.
  3. While holding the paper and leaf in place, use the side of a crayon to rub across the leaf.
  4. Make sure that you color over the entire leaf.
  5. Repeat steps to add multiple rubbings to fill up the paper.

Colorful Fall Trees

At least from my experience…there is something about my kids loving to rub paint on their hands and wanting to smear it all over the house! Not going to lie I have been tempted to do that before with either paint or clay. So, if you decide you want to partake in this craft, jump right in and have fun with your kids!!

This craft can be completely individualized to suit each artist’s sensibility. So, let the trees, branches, and colors outside (or in your child’s imagination) inspire you. This project is ideal for kids ages 2 and up. Like I mentioned earlier you might have fun partaking in this fun craft as well and create your own tree.

Materials Needed

  • Construction Paper (white, orange, green, yellow, etc.)
  • Paints in fall colors
  • Cotton balls
  • Your hands
  • Clothespins

Instructions

Follow these steps to make your own tree:

  1. Paint your hand and arm with brown paint.
  2. While still wet, place your arm and hand fully on the piece of paper and press.
  3. Let it dry before adding leaves.
  1. Use a clothespin to pick up a cotton ball.
  2. Dip a cotton ball in paint and use it as a stamp around/on your tree.
  3. Repeat with more colors until your tree branches are full!
  4. Optional: Cut out your painting and mount it onto another piece of colorful cardstock to create a cool layered look.

Pumpkin Arrow Trucks

I got this creative idea from Jeannie Irwin. She has step-by-step instructions and the supplies needed which I’ve included below. Aren’t these just the cutest? If you have boys, they will have a blast doing these like mine did. Enjoy and don’t forget to make memories and take pictures of this moment.

Materials Needed

  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Free Pocket truck template
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Instructions

Use these directions to make your own pumpkin arrow truck:

  1. Print the truck template and cut it into sections using the dotted lines.
  2. Staple each section to multiple sheets of colored construction paper. (That way, you can cut out lots of shapes at one time!)
  3. Glue all the pieces of the truck together. (When they are making the pocket, make sure to help the children keep the glue to the edges.)
  4. Print out (or make your own) pumpkins to put into the truck bed pocket.

1 Comment
  • Angie Jones
    Posted at 12:05h, 18 November Reply

    Love all the great ideas! I can’t wait to try out a couple with my granddaughter.

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